Portage Bay Cafe // University District // American // Breakfast // $$
4130 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98105
206 547 8230
“Eat like you give a damn” and “Local. Organic. Sustainable.” are front and center slogans at Portage Bay Cafe, and we love their mission and commitment to food! On their menu, they even point out a long list of the local food producers they work with and how many miles away each source is located. We think this place is pretty rad!
What did you order?
- Farmer’s Hash (3 over-easy eggs, a variety of local, organic, sustainably grown fresh vegetables, roasted onions, fingerling potatoes, fresh herbs). This item comes with several add-on options, such as apple chicken or maple pork sausage, pepper bacon, smoked alaskan sockeye salmon, and more. We ordered it with the vegetarian option of sautéed mushrooms.
- Fresh squeezed orange juice from Columbia Gorge Organic
How many ready-made paleo options are on the menu, and what are they?
- Phil’s Breakfast (3 eggs any style, choice of pepper bacon, house-cured carlton farm ham steak, or Uli’s apple chicken or maple pork sausage)
- Side of Pepper Bacon
- Side of House-cured, Carlton Farms Ham Steak
- Side of Steibers Eggs
- Side of Herb-Roasted Organic Potatoes
- Side of Fresh Fruit
- Side House Salad
- Fresh squeezed juice from Columbia Gorge Organic (orange, grapefruit, apple, lemonade, berry-lemonade)
How easy would it be to create paleo options with substitutions? Examples?
- Vegetable Frittata (sautéed organic sweet onion, baby spinach & local asparagus frittata, topped with crescent bay hydroponic micro-greens, Humboldt Fog goat cheese, red chili flakes, served with fruit); omit the goat cheese
- Joe’s Scramble (your choice of uli’s apple chicken or maple pork sausage, organic baby spinach, Beecher’s Flagship cheddar, sautéed wild mushroom blend); omit cheese
- Goat Cheese Omelette (organic baby spinach, organic scallions, sautéed blend of wild mushrooms, local goat cheese); omig goat cheese
- Chili Verde Pork Omelette (Carlton Farms pork shoulder, braised in banana leaves, Alvarez Farms chile verde, queso Oaxaca, cilantro lime crema, fried plantains); omit queso Oaxaca and cilantro lime crema
- Classic Ham & Cheese Scramble (house-cured, Carlton Farm molasses ham, Beecher’s Flagship cheddar, fresh herbs, scallions); omit cheese
How accommodating is the staff? Are they knowledgeable about the paleo diet?
We didn’t have to mention it so we’re not sure. But chances are it won’t be an issue.
How satisfied were you with the meal?
The Farmer’s Hash with the vegetarian option of sautéed mushrooms was fantastic. Juicy, filling, flavorful, and all-around satisfying. The fresh-squeezed orange juice tasted sweet, strong, and fresh as advertised.
Would you recommend this restaurant to a paleo friend? Why or why not?
Absolutely! If they can resist being tempted by all of the pancakes and French toast options on the menu, then they can certainly eat and eat well at Portage Bay Cafe.
Could you eat here enjoyably without telling anyone you’re paleo? (Not that you’d want to!)
Yes! We did.
We definitely recommend making reservations. The wait is long (but worth it!). So plan ahead if you can. Also, Portage Bay Cafe has four Seattle locations (University District, South Lake Union, Ballard, 65th Street). Breakfast is served all day on Saturday, Sunday and “most holidays.”